Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan



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Karen Morgan is a graphic designer specialising in design for print, working with a wide range of clients including the Royal Mail, DSCF/Department of Education and the London College of Fashion.

Morgan graduated from Brighton Polytechnic in 1986 and went on to work for award-winning design consultancy The Partners for over a decade. After a period freelancing for London design groups and advertising agencies, she set up her own studio designing books, exhibitions and identities.

Her on-going enthusiasms are typography, ephemera, collecting, artist’s books and picture books of all types. She has been involved in design education at many levels including foundation, BA and community arts. She is currently a tutor on the MA Sequential Design/Illustration and MA Arts and Design by Independent Project courses at the University of Brighton and and is developing a schools project introducing Key Stage 2 pupils to design. She is a member of D&AD and has been a serving juror for Books and Publications.

Morgan enjoys both collaborative and self-initiated projects with other designers, illustrators, historians and writers. She is co-art director with illustrator David Downton on a journal of fashion illustration and they have just completed the book 21, documenting Downton's drawing of Haute Couture shows in Paris. Through Oddstock Books Morgan produces occassional artist’s book projects, with examples of her work in the Center for British Art at the Yale University Library. She is currently researching scrapbooks and their links to narrative, memory and creativity.

She lives in the Hampshire countryside with her partner, two sons and assorted collections.

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Areas of expertise

Graphic Designer, Art Director, Typographer. Collector, Educator & Maker of Books



Adopt an Author/NESTA

The Body Shop 

Brighton Festival & Dome

Colebank Publishing

David Downton Inc

Dorling Kindersley Books

DSCF/Department of Education

Goodwin Product Design

Hallsannery Events

Laurence King Publishers

Learning through Landscapes

London College of Fashion

Masters of Fashion Illustration

The Partners Publishing

Phaidon Books 

The Photographers Gallery

Portraits of the World's Most Beautiful Women

Pourquoi Pas? The Journal of Fashion Illustration

Royal Mail Stamps & Collectibles 

Same Sky Community Arts

University of Brighton (Aldrich Collection)



Marks Make Meaning 2018

Exhibition & Drawing Type workshop 


Women & Domesticity 2017& 2016

Stitched Duster collection/touring exhibition


Press/Release Book Arts Exhibition 2012

Brighton Festival/Pheonix Arts


We Love Your Books Book Arts Exhibition 2009

The University of Northampton/perminant collection


Center for British Art at the Yale University Library

Book Arts Collection

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, University of Brighton

Award Date: 1 Sep 1986

External positions

Visiting lecturer, University of the Arts London

2009 → …


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